Careys Civil Engineering, Scudder Demolition and ION Environmental have all been involved at Vauxhall’s van plant, Luton, as the car manufacturer extends their site, having previously rented a number of smaller locations in the surrounding area. We were principal contractor on the bespoke design and build contract to construct multiple car parks, including ground reconfiguration, remodelling, demolition, asbestos removal and enabling works in addition to the subsequent drainage works. Throughout the project Vauxhall’s plant remained live and we took measures to ensure that their operations were not affected by hour works. In total our works generated enough space for approximately 2,000 vehicles within the plant’s footprint.
The total area of our works was 59,000m2, and in reconfiguring the site, Scudder was appointed to demolish an existing building to enable development of a new car park. A previously demolished building was also present on-site, the basement of which we converted into an underground staff car park, whilst the building’s ground floor level became a storage area for Vauxhall’s vans. In delivering this aspect of the works large quantities of asbestos were discovered as part of our pre-construction surveys, Consequently ION were contracted to deliver the asbestos removal works.
The drainage works included installation of water storage tanks and construction of segways to allow the water to flow into the porous chalk ground. Additionally we installed a new gatehouse and entrance way to the site for all staff.
The project was unique, as the bespoke contract required specific procedures and permits to authorise work on a Vauxhall plant. As part of the methodology, security fencing was erected to segregate our works from the plant’s staff and minimise disruption, and ensured the safe removal of services through hand digging and vacuum excavation methods.